Robert Straniere

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Robert Alan Straniere
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 62nd district
In office
2003–2004
Preceded by Sheldon Silver
Succeeded by 1 John W. Lavelle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 61st district
In office
1993–2002
Preceded by Deborah J. Glick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 60th district
In office
1981–1992
Preceded by Guy V. Molinari
Succeeded by Eric N. Vitaliano
Personal details
Born (1941-03-28) March 28, 1941 (age 73)
New York, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ruth Straniere
Alma mater Wagner College

New York University School of Law

Profession Politician
Religion Jewish

Robert Alan Straniere (born March 28, 1941) is a Republican politician from New York City. He represented a district in Staten Island in the New York State Assembly from 1981 until 2004, serving as the Assistant Minority Leader from 1995 until 2004. In the 2008 Congressional election, he was a candidate for the House of Representatives in New York's 13th Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Vito Fossella.[1]

Born in Manhattan and raised in Staten Island, Straniere received his Bachelor's degree from Wagner College in 1962, and attended New York University Law School, where he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 1965. He joined the New York Army National Guard in 1966, and returned to NYU Law School, where he was awarded a Master of Laws degree in 1969. He then served as Counsel to New York State Senator John J. Marchi from 1970 until 1980, when he ran for the New York State Assembly seat which was being vacated by Guy Molinari. He won the election and served in the Assembly for 24 years, including 10 years as the Assistant Minority Leader, until his defeat by Vincent Ignizio in the Republican primary and a contentious four candidate general election in 2004.

After his re-election defeat, Straniere moved to Manhattan and in April 2007 he opened up a restaurant at the corner of Chambers and Church Streets in Tribeca called the New York City Hot Dog Company.[2] In early October 2008, Straniere closed the restaurant after business dropped off; he is currently being sued by one of his business partners, Fred Catapano, for allegedly failing to give Catapano the full percentage of shares to which he was entitled and improperly removing him from leadership positions within the company.[3]

At the beginning of 2008, Vito Fossella, also a Republican, had been expected to win re-election to his Congressional seat easily. The political picture in the district changed dramatically in May, however, when Fossella was arrested for drunk driving. The arrest led to the revelation that he had maintained a longtime adulterous relationship with a woman in Virginia, with whom he had a child. Fossella subsequently announced that he would not seek re-election.

Straniere received the endorsement of the Staten Island Republican Party.[4] On September 9, 2008, Staniere defeated Dr. Jamshad I. Wyne in the Republican primary to become the Republican candidate. He opposed the winner of the Democratic primary, Michael E. McMahon, a member of the New York City Council. McMahon won the election on November 4.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Guy V. Molinari
New York State Assembly, 60th District
1981–1992
Succeeded by
Eric N. Vitaliano
Preceded by
Deborah J. Glick
New York State Assembly, 61st District
1993–2002
Succeeded by
John W. Lavelle
Preceded by
Sheldon Silver
New York State Assembly, 62nd District
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Vincent Ignizio
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charlotte M. Farrell
Republican nominee for New York City Council, 1st District
1977
Succeeded by
Frank H. Buttermark
Preceded by
George T. Hartigan
Independence Party of New York nominee for Borough President of Staten Island
2001
Succeeded by
John V. Luisi
Preceded by
No Candidates Fielded Before 2004
Working Families Party nominee for New York State Assembly, 62nd District
2004
Succeeded by
No Candidates Fielded Since 2004
Preceded by
Vito J. Fossella
Republican nominee for New York's 13th congressional district
2008
Succeeded by
Michael Grimm